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Wednesday, May 10, 2017



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Tuesday, May 9, 2017



We need a native ENGLISH FR>EN translator who is based in NYC to translate 10+ short documents for us by Friday. 

Our client is requiring a New York resident who can provide a declaration that they are based in NY and translate from FR>EN. 

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Monday, May 8, 2017

[Global Language Services is a partner of World Language Communications]

French Cats vs English Cats: Idioms Translation from French to English

When is a cat not a cat? It happens quite often when doing a translation from French to English involving figures of speech! Anyone who has studied both languages may well have already noticed that the French much prefer the cat over most other animals in their figures of speech, compared with British English sayings. We’ve looked at our favourite French cat sayings and translated them into English - partly as an intriguing vocabulary exercise and partly as an excuse to fill this article with cats!

Est-ce que le chat est toujours un chat, en anglais et en français? Souvent en traduisant le français vers l’anglais, on trouve les figures du style clairement félines que n’existent pas en anglais. On a choisi quelques figures: du style et ‘du chat’ - en partie comme un exercice de vocabulaire, en partie pour chercher les chats!

Á bon chat bon rat

Literal Translation: For each good cat, there’s a good rat.

Translation from French to English: Two can play at that game. But cats and rats would most likely play it better!

Chat échaudé craint l’eau froide

Literal Translation: A scalded cat is scared of cold water.
Translation from French to English: Once bitten, twice shy. Most likely by a cat?

Donner sa langue au chat

Literal Translation: To give your tongue to the cat.
Translation from French to English: To have no idea.*

*Ah, you thought we nearly had a matching idiom, there! When questioning if the cat has your tongue in French, it’s often translated as <tu as perdu(e) ta langue?> No cats in sight. Utterly bizarre.

Avoir un chat dans la gorge

Literal Translation: To have a cat in your throat.
Translation from French to English: To have a frog in your throat. Not quite a cat. It’s turning into a horrible round of ‘would you rather’. Frog or cat? A frog is smaller, I suppose!

Appeler un chat un chat

Literal Translation: To call a cat a cat.
Translation from French to English: To call a spade a spade. What about if you chose to call your cat, Spade? Would that make this more or less confusing?

Il n’y a pas de quoi fouetter un chat

Literal Translation: It’s nothing to whip a cat about.
Translation from French to English: There’s no need to get your knickers in a twist. Relieved cats and non-twisted knickers all round, hooray!
C’est du pipi du chat

Literal Translation: It’s cat urine.
Translation from French to English: It’s nothing to worry about. Any excuse to talk about cats, eh?

Gourmande comme un chat

Literal translation: Food-lover, like a cat
Translation from French to English: Describes someone who is either a foodie, and very passionate about food or perhaps even a bit picky. Which makes sense, because have you ever tried to feed a cat anything that didn’t look expensive enough for it? That nose in the air - that’s what this phrase sums up.

Quand le chat n’est pas là, les souris dansent

Literal Translation: When the cat isn’t there, the mice dance.
Translation from French to English: When the cat’s away, the mice will play. Whether the dancing French mice or the playing English mice have more fun? That’s debateable!

Il n’y a pas un chat

Literal Translation: There isn’t a cat.
Translation from French to English: There isn’t a soul. Trying to describe a deserted street in French? The cats, or lack of them, will sum up the image perfectly.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Welsh, Scottish, Gaelic, Irish, and British sayings: A Crash Course In UK Languages

The national language of the UK is English, we all know that, right? Well actually, it isn’t ‘just’ English that’s spoken in the UK.

There are a few different languages, and quite a lot of dialects around the country. Some of them are harder to understand than others.

The main languages and language dialects in the UK are; British English (of course), Welsh, Gaelic, Scottish and Irish.

Welsh, Scottish Gaelic and Irish Gaelic are all celtic languages. Celtic languages are a branch of the indo-European languages, and are mostly spoken in a few northern European countries these days. Even though English remains the national language, and the most spoken one, the dialects and accents can be like night and day.

To give you a feel for the nuances and language quirks - here are some UK proverbs, sayings, and day to day phrases - old and new.

Have a go at the sayings and dialects below, do you understand them?

Scottish sayings

      Dinnae teach yer Granny tae suck eggs! - Don’t try to teach someone something they already know.
      Yer bum’s oot the windae. - You’re talking nonsense.
      Whit’s fur ye’ll no go by ye! - What’s meant to happen will happen.
      Haud yer wheesht! - Be quiet.
      Do yer dinger. - Loudly express disapproval.

Welsh sayings

      Cenedl heb iaith, cenedl heb galon. - A nation without language is a nation without heart
      Benthyg dros amser byt yw popeth a geir yn y byd hwn. - Everything you have in this world is just borrowed for a short time
      Mar chwarae’n troi’n chwerw wrth chwarae hefo tan. - Things turn sour when you play with fire
      Deuparth gwaith yw ei ddechrau. - Starting the work is two-thirds of it
      Cartref yw cartref er tloted y bo. - Hom is home, however poor it is 

Scottish Gaelic sayings

      Cha tèid nì sam bith san dòrn dùinte. - Nothing can get into a closed fist.
      Is fheàrr teine beag a gharas na teine mòr a loisgeas. - The little fire that warms is better than the big fire that burns.
      Am fear nach dèan cur sa Mhàrt, cha bhuain e san Fhoghar. - He who will not sow in March will not harvest in autumn.
      Is fheàrr teicheadh math na droch fhuireach. - Better a good retreat than a bad stand.

British sayings

      I’m knackered! - I’m exhausted
      He’s such a plonker. - He’s not very nice.
      Having a good old chinwag. -  Having a chat/ gossip
      I’m chuffed to bits. - I’m really happy
      Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. - Don’t question good luck

Irish sayings

      You could skin a cat out there. - It’s frightfully cold
      As happy as Larry - The happiest guy in all of Ireland is. No one knows the reasoning behind his permanent state of happiness, or who Larry is>?
      Away with the fairies. - An Irish person’s way of saying that another one is a bit mad.
      You’re taking the piss. - You are kidding, right?
      Do a legger. - Flee from the scene

About Global Language Services Ltd

Global Language Service Ltd is a translation and interpretation agency. Though based in Scotland, our reach goes way beyond the northern UK. We are passionate about languages, and learning about new cultures, and we love to blog about whatever is on our mind.